Todd Reirden was relieved of his duties on Wednesday and the Washington Capitals didn’t wait long to grab him to add to Barry Trotz’s staff.
Reirden is 43 and headed up the defensive unit and power play in Pittsburgh. Under his tutelage, the Pens had the most power play goals (164) and had a 22.3% on the power play since 2011. Last year his defensive unit also ranked 7th over all in goals (38).
This is a good move for the Capitals and fits perfectly with Trotz’s defensive minded approach to the game. Reirden is already set in the defensive mind as he is a former NHL defensman. Drafted in the 1990 entry draft in the 12th round came away with 46 points in 183 games during his career.
The Capitals are in need of an upgrade at the blue-line and with possible Pittsburgh Penguins becoming free agents; Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, who is seen as one of the top defenseman on the market, Reirden could have some influence in bringing a little bit more to the Capitals Blue-Line with either of them.
Reirden, coming from a team with success across the ice, could possibly do wonders for the Captials on the back-end. Your opponent can’t win if he can’t score. Reirden might be one of the pieces of the puzzle to help the Capitals move forward and begin Tortz’s defensive minded play. He may also be able to work with Alex Ovechkin and get him to play some sort of defense in this up coming year.